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CHAP. XXI.

The expiation of a murder, when the slayer is unknown ; tho farsl

born is not to be disinherited upon private affection ; a rebellious son must be stoned to death.

ITF (one] be found slain in the land which the LORD thy God

I giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, [and] it be not 2 known who hạth slain him : Then thy elders and thy judges

shall come forth, and they shall measure unto the cities which 3 [are] round about him that is slain ; And it shall be, [that]

the city (which is] next unto the slain man, even the elders

of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought 4 with, (and) which hath not drawn in the yoke ; And the

elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a rough

valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off 5 the heifer's neck there in the valley : And the priests the

sons of Levi shall come near : for them the LORD thy God hath chosen to minister unto him, and to bless in the name of

the LORD ; and by their word shall every controversy and 6 every stroke be (tried :] And all the elders of that city, [that

are) next unto the slain (man,] shall wash their hands 'over 7 the heifer that is beheaded in the valley : And they shall an.

swer and say, Qur hands have not shed this blood, neither & have our eyes seen [it.) Be merciful, o LORD, unto thy

people Israel, whom thou hast redeemed, and lay not innocent 9 blood unto thy people of Israel's charge. And the blood shall

be forgiven them. So shalt thou put away the (guilt of] innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do (that which

is) right in the sight of the LORD. 10 When thou goest forth to war against thine enemies, and

the LORD thy God hath delivered them into thine hands, and Il thou hast taken them captive, And seest among the captives

a beautiful woman, and hast a desire unto her, that thou 12 wouldst have her to thy wife ; Then thou shalt bring her

home to thine house ; and she shall shave her head, and pair 13 her nails ; And she shall put the raiment of her captivity

from off her, and shall remain in thine house, and bewail her father and her mother a full month : and after that thou shalt

go in unto her, and be her husband, and she shall be thy wife. 14 And it shall be, if thou have no delight in her, then thou shalt

let her go whither she will ; but thou shalt not sell her at all for money, thou shalt not make merchandise of her, because

thou hast humbled her. 15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated,

and they have borne him children, [both] the beloved and the hated ; and (if] the firstborn son be her's that was hated :

16 Then it shall be, when he maketh his sons to inherit [that]

which he hath, [that] he may not make the son of the beloved

firstborn before the son of the hated, (which is indeed] the 17 firstborn : But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated (for)

the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he hath : for he [is] the beginning of his strength; the right of

the firstborn [is] his. 18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not

obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and

and [that] when they have chastened him, will not hearken 19 unto them : Then shall his father and his mother lay hold

on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and 20 unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the eld

ers of his city, This our son [is] stubborn and rebellious, he

will not obey our voice ; she is] a glutton, and a drunkard. 21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that

he die : so shalt thou pút evil away from among you ; and

all Israel shall hear, and fear. 92 And if a man have committed a sin worthy of death, and 23 he be to be put to death, and thou hang him on a tree : His

body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day ; (for he that is hanged [is] accursed of God ;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee (for) an inheritance.

CHAP. XXII.

Of humanity toward brethren ; the distinction of the sexes by ap

parel ; of adultery, rapes, fornication, and incest. I THOU shalt not see thy brother's ox, or his sheep go

1 astray, and hide thyself from them: thou shalt in any case + bring them again unto thy brother. And if thy brother [be]

not nigh unto thee, or if thou know him not, then thou shalt bring it unto thine own house, and it shall be with thee until

thy brother seek after it, and thou shalt restore it to him again. 2 In like manner shalt thou do with his ass ; and so shalt thou

do with his raiment ; and with all lost things of thy brother's which he hath lost, and thou hast found, shalt thou do likeA wise : thou mayest not hide thyself. Thou shalt not see thy

brother's ass or his ox fall down by the way and hide thyself from them : thou shalt surely help him to lift (them) up

again. 5 The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto &

man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment : for all that do so (are) abomination unto the LORD thy God.

6 If a bird's nest chance to be before thee in the way in any

tree, or on the ground, (whether they be) young ones, or

eggs, and the dam sitting upon the young, or upon the eggs, 7 thou shalt not take the dam with the young : [But] thou

shalt in any wise let the dam go and take the young to thee ; that it may be well with thee, and [that] thou mayest prolong

[thy] days. 8 When thou buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a

battlement for thy roof, that thou bring not blood upon thine

house, if any man fall from thence. 9 Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds : lest

the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of 10 thy vineyard, be defiled. Thou shalt not plough with an ox 11 and an ass together. Thou shalt not wear a garment of di

vers sorts, [as] of woollen and linen together. 12 Thou shalt make three fringes upon the four quarters of

thy vesture, wherewith thou coverest (thyself.] 13 If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, 14 And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an

evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I 15 came to her, I found her not a maid : Then shall the father

of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth (the to

kens of] the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in 16 the gate : And the damsel's father shall say unto the elders, I

gave my daughter unto this man to wife, and he hateth her : 17 And, lo, he hath given occasions of speech (against her;] say

ing, I found not thy daughter a maid ; and yet these [are

the tokens of] my daughter's virginity. And they shall • 18 spread the cloth before the elders of the city. And the elders 19 of that city shall take that man and chastise him ; And they

shall amerce him in an hundred (shekels] of silver, and give [them) unto the father of the damsel, because he hath brought

up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel : and she shall be his 20 wife ; he may not put her away all his days. But if this

thing be true, (and the tokens of] virginity be not found for 21 the damsel : Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door

of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die : because she hath wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house : so shalt thou put away evil from among you.

If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die, [both] the man that

lay with the woman, and the woman : so shalt thou put away 23 evil from Israel. If a damsel (that is) a virgin be betrothed

unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with 24 her ; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of

that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die ; the damsel, because she cried not, [being] in the city ; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife : so

thou shalt put away evil from among you. %5 But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the

man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay 26 with her shall die : But unto the damsel thou shalt do noth

ing ; (there is] in the damsel no sin (worthy) of death : for

as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, 27 even so sis) this matter : For he found her in the field, sand] the betrothed damsel cried, and (there was) none to save her.

If a man find a damsel [that is) a virgin, which is not be trothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be 29 found ; Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the

damsel's father fifty (shekels] of silver, and she shall be his wife ; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her

away all his days. 30 A man shall not take his father's wife, nor discover his

father's skirt.

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CHAP, XXIII.

Who may, or who may not enter into the congregation ; unclcanness

to be avoided in the camp. į LTE that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy mem

11 ber cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the 2 LORD. A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the

LORD ; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into

the congregation of the LORD. 3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congre

gation of the Lord ; even to their tenth generation shall they 4 not enter into the congregation of the Lord for ever : Be.

cause they met you not with bread and with water in the way, when ye came forth out of Egypt ; and because they hired

against thee Balaam the son of Beor of Pethor of Mesopota5 mia, to curse thee. Nevertheless, the LORD thy God would

not hearken unto Balaam ; but the LORD thy God turned

the curse into a blessing unto thee, because the Lord thy 6 God loved thee. Thou shalt not seek their peace nor their

prosperity all thy days for ever. 7. Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite ; for he [is] thy brother:

thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian ; because thou wast a stran8 ger in his land. The children that are beyotten of them

shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third

generation. 9 When the host goeth forth against thinc enemies, then

keep thee from every wicked thing. Vol. II.

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10 If there be among you any man, that is not clean by reason

of uncleanness that chanceth him by night, then shall he go

abroad out of the camp, he shall not come within the camp a 11 But it shall be, when evening cometh on, he shall wash [him

self] with water : and when the sun is down he shall come 12 into the camp (again.] Thou shalt have a place also without 13 the camp, whither thou shalt go forth abroad : And thou shalt

have a paddle upon thy weapon ; and it shall be when thou

wilt ease thyself abroad, thou shalt dig therewith, and shalt 14 turn back and cover that which cometh from thee : For the

LORD thy God walketh in the midst of thy camp, to deliver thee and to give up thine enemies before thee ; therefore shall thy camp be holy : that he see no unclean thing

in thee, and turn away from thee. 15 Thou shalt not deliver unto his master the servant which 16 is escaped from his master unto thee : He shall dwell with

thee ; (even) among you, in that place which he shall choose in one of thy gates, where it liketh him best : thou shall not

oppress him. 17 There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a · sodomite of the song of Israel. 18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a

dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow : for

even both of these Care] abomination unto the LORD thy God. 19 Thou shalt not lend upon usury to thy brother ; usury of

money, usury of victuals, usury of any thing that is lent upon 20 usury ; Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon usury ; but

unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon usury : that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all that thou settest thine

hand to in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 21. When thou shalt vow a vow unto the LORD thy God, thou

shalt not slack to pay it ; for the LORD thy God will surely 22 require it of thee : and it would be sin in thee. But if thou 23 shalt forbear to vow, it shall be no sin in thee. That which

is gone out of thy lips, thou shalt keep and perform ; [even] a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the

LORD thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth. 24 When thou comest unto thy neighbour's vineyard, then

thou mayest eat grapes thy fill at thine own pleasure ; but 25 thou shalt not put (any) in thy vessel. When thou comest

into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour's standing corn.

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